The Nature and Sources of the Law

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THE NATURE AND SOURCES OF THE LAW is a legal and jurisprudential classic, finally available in a high-quality, modern edition. Quid Pro's republication of the second edition, 1921, of Gray's foundational book features updated formatting, accurate reproduction, consistency with the new eBook edition, embedded page numbers from the original (aiding citation and referencing, as well as classroom assignment), and 2012 notes of the series editor.

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Overview

THE NATURE AND SOURCES OF THE LAW is a legal and jurisprudential classic, finally available in a high-quality, modern edition. Quid Pro's republication of the second edition, 1921, of Gray's foundational book features updated formatting, accurate reproduction, consistency with the new eBook edition, embedded page numbers from the original (aiding citation and referencing, as well as classroom assignment), and 2012 notes of the series editor.

Most reprints of this classic text, at any price, follow the previous edition and are merely photocopied versions of that 1909 text. [Publisher's note: although this description may appear under reprints by others, only the Quid Pro editions have the accurate reproduction, use of the second edition, parallel eBook edition, and modern formatting. Look for the portrait of Gray in an etching and the publisher name Quid Pro.]

John Chipman Gray was a noted lawyer and legal scholar of the progressive era, a professor at Harvard Law School, and a founder of the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray. His important book analyzed the uses of precedent and custom, the meaning of law and legal rights, the differences between common law and civil law reasoning, deference to and interpretation of statutes and their occasional obsolescence, the role of morality and popular will, and the philosophical failings of Austin, Blackstone, and German thinkers of the day. It is a remarkable set piece in legal theory and history. Gray's anatomy of the concept of law is part of the canon of legal thought from the progressive era.

Legal Legends editions of classic works of law and political philosophy from Quid Pro are unlike any new versions available today, at any price. Also in the Series are explained and introduced editions of Cardozo's THE NATURE OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS (with new material by Harvard's Andrew Kaufman), Holmes' THE [ANNOTATED] COMMON LAW (adding 200 simple explanatory notes), Holmes' THE PATH OF THE LAW and Warren and Brandeis' THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY (with additions by Steven Alan Childress of Tulane), Llewellyn's THE BRAMBLE BUSH (with new introduction by Wisconsin's Stewart Macaulay), and three works by Woodrow Wilson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781290571166
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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John Chipman Gray (1839-1915) was a noted lawyer and legal scholar of the progressive era, a long-time Harvard professor, and a founder of Ropes & Gray.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the new edition
Introduction
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Pt. I The Nature of the Law
Ch. I Legal Rights and Duties 6
Ch. II Legal Persons 19
Ch. III The State 42
Ch. IV The Law 54
Ch. V The Courts 72
Ch. VI Law of Nations 81
Ch. VII Jurisprudence 86
Pt. II Sources of the Law
Ch. VIII Statutes 101
Ch. IX Judicial Precedents 132
Ch. X Judicial Precedents in the United States 160
Ch. XI Opinions of Experts 173
Ch. XII Custom 188
Ch. XIII Morality and Equity 201
App. I Pii Usus in the Later Roman Empire 209
App. II Hereditas Jacens 213
App. III Reception of the Roman Law 217
App. IV Autonomy 221
App. V Desuetude of Statutes in the United States 224
Table of Cases Cited 229
Table of Authors Commented on or Quoted 233
Index 235
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